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1977, Star Wars premieres at Mann's Chinese Theater. It triggers a pop culture phenomenon that has lasted to this day. 1999. Fans anticipate the release of Episode I, The Phantom Menace. A Galaxy Far Far Away features interviews with hundreds of fans, movie executives and high profile celebrities, shedding new light on the film trilogy that has captivated generations of moviegoers.

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4 Stars. Incredibly clever. --Film Threat

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Tariq Jalil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinevolve
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HDXHQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Galaxy Far Far Away: Inside the Universe of a Phenomenon (10th Anniversary Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Mark M on August 16, 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This documents the fanfare around the release of Episode 1 in 1999.

What I saw was a BAD documentary.
Bad editing, bad sound capture, bad lighting and bad directing overall.
The interviews were awkward. VERY awkward.
The director jumps around for no reasons during the narration.
The narrator doesn't have a good grasp of film history.
I had to sit through watching fans get harassed, fans fighting/cussing with Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corrolla.
Some fans didn't even know the movies well.
Had to watch Star Trek protestors.
Some interviews were just plain offensive to Star Wars fans.

What I heard was obnoxious fans and their music, including opera music and bad rapping.
Had to listen to awkward interviews about peoples daddy issues and religious beliefs or lack thereof.
Had to listen to disappointed fans after they watched the movie mixed in with ignorant Lucas supporters.

In the end, I felt like the documentary was a waste of my time.
The way it ended was empty and the narrator didn't even seem to get his own documentary.

I put this DVD in the trash as soon as it was over. I recommend The People vs. George Lucas or Jedi Junkies over this movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on August 19, 2010
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"A Galaxy Far Far Away" shows the religious fervor surrounding the opening- of all things- Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition). Star Wars fans had eagerly awaited--patiently biding their time for nearly 2 decades- for the latest George Lucas masterpiece. The documentary has high profile fans of Star Wars such as Joe Pesci and Meat Loaf--but most of the documentary is about ordinary people who find the series meaningful.

There's a Boba Fett rapper, a gay dancing Storm Trooper, a really disturbing-looking middle-aged man who lounges around in superhero outfits, even an opera singer who goes into lyrical ecstasy as she awaits Jar Jar Binks. The fans who put great effort into their costumes, in buying the toys (the fight over toys is juxtaposed with fights over food in Kosovo) There's a pair of teenaged boys who camp outside a movie theater for FORTY TWO DAYS. They keep vigil, showering/bathing in a nearby public restroom--we never really get into the details of their survival. But it's in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater instead of the Alaskan wilderness in Into the Wild. They have a terrible sense of futility. Even seeing the movie is a letdown. There's a father who's named his son Anakin (but isn't Anakin the villain? The young Darth Vader? Nevermind) "Galaxy Far Far Away" even manages to bring in some Trekkies dressed as Klingons. Their devotion to the series is a form of religion. Some men come to terms with their absent fathers through the series;others find harmony through the Force.

May the Force be with you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
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I would not recommend this movie. Few subjects are more interesting than Star Wars, and yet somehow the filmmakers struggle to put together an entertaining movie.

First of all, I would not even call this movie a "documentary". Sure, the filmmakers interview fans and bring cameras to a few events. But a lot of it feels staged or rehearsed. Also, the filmmakers seem to focus on the biggest geeks and weirdest people they could find - at one point the narrator even insults the intelligence of the fans, stating that they "aren't playing with a full deck". I would have also liked to have seen and heard from some more of the casual "mainstream" Star Wars fans.

From a pure filmmaking point of view, this is a low-quality production. Obviously the filmmakers were working with a low/no budget, and that is fine. But there is no reason why they couldn't have cleaned the camera lens. Also, keep in mind that this movie is just over an hour long - and yet it feels that they only had about 10-20 minutes of interesting and relevant footage to work with.

If I could throw the movie a bit of praise, it comes toward the end where we get a sense of why people love Star Wars and how it has affected their life. In this segment, many of the interviews seem to be more authentic and honest.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on May 4, 2009
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"A Galaxy Far Far Away" is a documentary about the fan craze surrounding the motion picture "Star Wars." In 1999, as the country eagerly anticipated the release of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," director Tariq Jalil decided to explore why "Star Wars" strikes such a mysterious and powerful chord across all races, genders, and generations. The DVD features interviews with hundreds of fans, movie executives, and high-profile celebrities. Jalil brings his camera to "Star Wars" conventions, nationwide premieres, the homes of dedicated collectors who show off their treasures, and on the lines to interview those who spent 42 days just to be among the first to see "The Phantom Menace." Interviews and archival footage include Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Roger Corman, Meat Loaf, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Kimmel, and "Star Wars" alumni David Prowse (Darth Vader), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and Anthony Daniels (C3-PO). Most amazing is the tunnel-visioned devotion of so many folks from average walks of life to the sci-fi franchise.
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